Letter to the editor: School directors shut down our voices

Posted 3/3/21

School directors shut down our voices If you watched the February 16 DCSD Board of Education meeting, your jaw probably dropped like mine did. For two consecutive meetings now, school board …

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Letter to the editor: School directors shut down our voices

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School directors shut down our voices

If you watched the February 16 DCSD Board of Education meeting, your jaw probably dropped like mine did.

For two consecutive meetings now, school board leadership, through President David Ray, has stifled the voice of Douglas County parents — limiting their ability to comment and share concerns about the future of their kids’ schooling. Ironically, Mr. Ray previously complained about past board members doing just this.

How have they done this? Without prior notice, in these last two meetings the board has delayed public comments at least two hours later than normal.

Now why is this important? For the majority of parents, they don’t have the luxury to remain glued to an ongoing school board call to provide comments while having to ensure their kids are fed, bathed and tucked into bed to get ready for another school day.

But parents desperately need their voices heard. Our kids are often suffering academic, mental, and emotional damage from remote learning. Our board seems to be struggling with what to prioritize, and parents need to remind them that our kids’ education should come first (and that in-person learning can be done safely). To stifle our voices right now is a failure of leadership.

Frankly, parents in our county should be incredibly disappointed in our board. They aren’t listening to parents and aren’t putting our children’s education first. No wonder there’s a recall effort against this board.

Amber Misgen

Parker

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